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Wisconsin Basketball Eyeing Summer Visit for Talented 2025 Forward



Wisconsin Badgers basketball recruiting target EJ Walker
Lloyd Memorial sophomore EJ Walker looks for an opening against Roger Bacon sophomore Jesse Eubanks during Lloyd's 49-42 win in the John Turner Classic Dec. 10, 2022, at Newport High School.

Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff have been keeping a close eye on 2025 forward EJ Walker out of Earlinger, Kentucky, who has been turning heads for Brad Beal Elite during the spring evaluation period.

“Coach [Sharif] Chambliss has been recruiting me since my high school season,” Walker told BadgerNotes. “They were at all my games this past weekend at the EYBL.”

According to a source close to the program, the Badgers expect to get the 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward on campus for an unofficial visit to Wisconsin in June to get to know Walker better, with the possibility of extending a scholarship offer in the near future.

“I’m looking for a program that can develop me,” Walker told BadgerNotes. “Good academics, a winning culture, and a family atmosphere are also important.”

Walker already holds offers from Dayton, Minnesota, Northern Kentucky, Purdue, West Virginia, Xavier, and several other schools. He’s also hearing from several other Power 5 programs like Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

His recruitment is just getting underway, so it’ll be interesting to see how much momentum Wisconsin basketball can gain over the next few weeks.

EJ Walker Scouting Report

Wisconsin’s coaching staff has shown plenty of interest in EJ Walker, and it’s easy to see why.

Walker’s unique combination of size, athleticism, and skill makes him a versatile chess piece any program would be lucky to have on the court.

Because of his physical stature, which is way ahead of most players his age, he can score from the inside with relative ease due to his impressive strength, but his jumper also makes him a threat defenses must account for from beyond the arc.

Overall, Walker’s game is smooth and polished, plus he shows potential to play above the rim, defend multiple positions, and be an impact rebounder.

“Creating for others and making everybody around me better and doing whatever it takes to win is how I play,” Walker told Badgernotes.

The ceiling here is very high, IMO.

Final Thoughts on Wisconsin Basketball + Their Pursuit of EJ Walker 

Coach Gard and the Wisconsin basketball program have their work cut out pursuing the talented 2025 forward, but there is some mutual interest.

“I know that they [UW] do a great job developing their guys and have been in the NCAA Tournament 22 of the last 24 seasons,” he said. “Coach Gard is a family man, and that’s how he views his program. I’m excited to visit there.”

For Walker, the upcoming visit, which he confirmed is happening, is a chance to see what Wisconsin basketball offers and better understand whether the program is the right fit for him.

As it stands, Wisconsin only has known 2025 scholarship offers out to in-state recruits, Davion Hannah and Kai Rogers.

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